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Shelley A. Hearne, DrPH


Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health Policy and Management




Dr. Hearne was the managing director of the Pew Health Group of The Pew Charitable Trusts overseeing its food safety, medical safety, research and biomedical programs.  She was also the  founding Executive Director of the Trust for America’s Health, a national health advocacy organization dedicated to preventing epidemics, protecting people. Previously was the Executive Director of the Pew Environmental Health Commission, the Acting Director of the NJ DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She was the Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Executive Board and Vice President of the Council on Education for Public Health – the accreditation body for public health schools. She has authored many national health reports, from bioterrorism to obesity. Dr. Hearne has testified regularly before the U.S. Congress on bioterrorism, pandemic preparedness, health tracking and public health funding. She provides continual service to the public health field serving on National Academy of Science Committees (including the Oversight Committee, Division on Earth and Life Studies) and chairing accreditation site visits to public health schools, including most recently, Harvard University and Yale University.

Honors and Awards

The 2013 Common Good Award, which honors those Bowdoin alumni who have demonstrated an extraordinary, profound, and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest and for the benefit of society.

The Senator Frank Lautenberg Award for lifetime achievement in public health advocacy, 2006.

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University School of Public Health graduation speaker, 2006.

Keynote Speaker for the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Hooding Ceremony (graduation), 2006

Delta Omega Society member, Alpha Eta Chapter, elected 2006.

2004 Delta Omega Curricula Award for the class, Issues in Health Advocacy. Through the Association of Schools of Public Health, the top national award for innovative public health curriculum, which integrates practical community-based practice and scholarship into classroom discussions, applies public health principles, uses science-based decision-making and involves the community in a teaching partnership.

  • advocacy
  • food safety
  • bioterrorism preparedness
  • pandemic influenza
  • health tracking
  • public health infrastructure
  • Hearne, S., Segal, L., Earls, M., Juliano C., and Stephens, T. 2005 “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2005.” Trust for America’s Health. Washington, DC.

  • Glendening, P. Hearne, S., Segal, L., Juliano, C., and Earls, M. 2005 “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America – 2005.” Trust for America’s Health. Washington, DC.

  • Hamburg, M., Hearne, S., Levi, J., Elliott, K., Segal, L. and Earls, M. 2005 “A Killer Flu? Scientific Experts Estimate that “Inevitable” Major Epidemic of New Influenza Virus Strain Could Result in Millions of Deaths if Preventive Actions Are Not Taken.” Trust for America’s Health. Washington, DC.

  • Hearne, S., Hamburg, M.A., Segal, L. 2004 “Commentary: SARS and Its Implications for U.S. Public Health Policy: ‘We’ve Been Lucky’.” Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Volume 2, No. 2

  • Hearne, S., Segal, L. July/August 2003. “Leveraging The Nation’s Bioterrorism Investments: Foundation Efforts to Ensure a Revitalized Public Health System.” Health Affairs, Volume 22, No. 4